The relationship of German Idealist Friedrich Schelling's notion of the unconscious to the development of psychoanalysis is no longer in dispute. But the significance of that relationship is still open to interpretation. We must consider the possibility that we find in Schelling not only the seeds of Freudian, Jungian, or Lacanian psychoanalysis but also a theory of mental health, perhaps even an entire psychology, that stands on its own. One way to test this hypotheis is by formulating in broad programatic terms the principles that would govern a Schellingian analysis. What we will discover is that the disputes which determine the evolution of psychoanalytical theory do not exhaust the origins of the movement in Romantic thought.On the contrary, possibilities lie concealed here which could be developed into a new approach to dynamic psychology, a resolutely metaphysical approach. Join professor in philosophy, Sean McGrath, in exploring how Schelling relates to psychoanalysis and what possibilities this relation opens up for.

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